Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils that has become a staple in the kitchen. If you bought a huge jug and you don’t usually use it in large quantities, it is likely that in a few months you will notice that it has been spoiled.
The proper storage and use of olive oil is very important to maintain its qualities and take advantage of its benefits. You must bear in mind that it is a perishable product.
How long is the shelf life of olive oil?
The organization Olive Oils from Spain points out that it is convenient to consume it approximately 18 months from the date of packaging and respect the manufacturer’s instructions.
Once you have opened the oil bottle, the oxidation process will resume. Oil will start to degrade and the ideal is that it be used within a month or two.
How to know that the oil has deteriorated?
Fresh olive oil has a delicate to intense flavor range, fruity, herbaceous, floral, buttery, with an aftertaste slightly bitter and spicy. Have a pleasant aroma and freshness sparkly.
Stale olive oil has lost its roma and flavor qualities. “It has a very noticeable smell and taste that can be similar to old or stale peanuts,” he tells Mind Body Green, Jim Savage, a producer of extra virgin olive oil in California.
Tips for storing it correctly
- Buy olive oil in small amounts that you will use in a short period of time.
- If you are going to fill out one oil can you must clean it very good to remove remnants of ancient oils that they can contribute stale notes and deteriorate the taste.
Use a mixture of water and baking soda avoiding scented detergents.
- You should store it in a cool, dry, and dark place to minimize exposure to heat and light. The appropriate temperature is 20º C.
- Since direct light affects olive oil considerably. Keep it in a dark glass bottle or opaque material like stainless metal.
- Avoid sudden changes in temperature. Do not keep it near the oven, stove or in cabinets that receive heat.
- Close the oil bottle tightly to avoid odors being absorbed and that contact with air accelerates its decomposition.
It is not necessary to put the olive oil in the fridge to keep it for longer. If the oil has thickened or solidified due to excessive cold, the quality of the product is not affected. Simply placing it at room temperature will make it return to its normal state.
What to do with rancid oil?
If it has already reached its expiration date but still smells and tastes good, you can use it. Rancid oil can mask some flavors and its benefits will be gone.
If you want to give another use to olive oil that has gone rancid, you can use it to polish and condition so much wooden furniture such as leather shoes. You can also use it to do homemade body scrubs with salt or sugar.
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